Beaver Dam Wastewater Treatment Pisces Award

(Beaver Dam) The upgraded and expanded Beaver Dam Wastewater Treatment Plant has been given an award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Mayor Tom Kennedy recently accepted the Pisces Award, which stands for “Performance and Innovation Creating Environmental Success.” It is given to only ten plants in the United States each year. The Beaver Dam wastewater treatment plant incorporates green technology and was built with $20 million in stimulus money. The city entered into a public-private partnership with Kraft Foods, pre-treating waste from the company for conversion to biogas. That biogas generates two times the amount of electricity that the plant uses and the power sold to Alliant Energy at a half million dollar profit. The wastewater project will keeping sewer usage fee’s in Beaver Dam among the lowest in the state. The average Beaver Dam resident pays $39 for sewer compared to the statewide average of $93. The plant is expected to be fully online this month.

The EPA has given the upgraded and expanded Beaver Dam Wastewater Treatment Plant a “Pisces Award.” That stands for “Performance and Innovation Creating Environmental Success” and the award is given to only ten plants in the United States each year. The Beaver Dam plant incorporates green technology and produces biogas which generates electricity that is sold to Alliant Energy at a half million dollar profit. The wastewater project also keeps sewer usage fees in Beaver Dam among the lowest in the state.